South Yorkshire Police appoint first ever female assistant chief constable

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South Yorkshire Police Authority has appointed its first ever female assistant chief constable.

Jo Byrne has been appointed the new Assistant Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police.

The West Midlands Police officer is the first woman ever to be appointed to a chief officer position in South Yorkshire.

Chief Constable David Crompton said: “I’m delighted that Jo is joining the Force.

“She is a hugely capable and highly-experienced officer whose dynamism, drive and creativity will be of great benefit to the people of South Yorkshire.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Tracey Cheetham said Jo’s appointment would bring significant value to the Force.

She said “Jo’s experience, particularly in terms of public engagement and her track record in delivering services that are truly customer focused, will be of great benefit to all our communities.”

Mrs Byrne, 47, has worked for West Midlands Police since 1986 and held a variety of roles.

In 2002 she led a programme to improve public contact and to improve the way in which the Force responded to calls for service.

Three years later, she spearheaded the Force’s drive to embed values within the organisation and to improve public satisfaction.

She has been a commander in two very different and demanding areas of the West Midlands - Smethwick and North Walsall.

Mrs Byrne is also an experienced strategic firearms commander, a role she held throughout the disorder in Birmingham in August 2011 and is the deputy senior responsible officer for the Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme (JESIP).

She said: “I’m thrilled and excited to have been selected as the Assistant Chief Constable and very much look forward to working with the many different communities in South Yorkshire. I’ve been made very welcome and already feel part of the policing family.”

In 2008, she led the successful implementation of Proportionate Crime Recording and Community Resolution as part of a national four-force pilot; and a national pilot for Integrated and Diversionary Offender Management.

She is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Ethics Portfolio and was part of the working group for the development of the National Decision Model and Statement of Mission and Values.

Her current portfolio at West Midlands is learning, development and quality.

Jo has a BA in Criminal Justice and Policing from the University of Central England and a Masters Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge.

She is married and lives in Derbyshire. When not at work, Jo is a keen horse rider.